Zuill Bailey & Awadagin Pratt

5/7/20  |  7:30pm

Harris Concert Hall

Piano and cello duo with guest violin Marcin Arendt

Zuill Bailey

Zuill Bailey, widely considered one of the premiere cellists in the world, is a Grammy Award winning, internationally renowned soloist, recitalist, Artistic Director and teacher. His rare combination of celebrated artistry, technical wizardry and engaging personality has secured his place as one of the most sought after and active cellists today.


Zuill Bailey is a renowned recording artist with over twenty titles. Mr. Bailey won a best solo performance Grammy Award in 2017 for his Live Recording of “Tales of Hemingway,” by composer Michael Daugherty.

Mr. Bailey's performance instrument is made by the great Venetian cello maker, Matteo Gofriller in 1693. The instrument was used for 30 years by Mischa Schneider of the Budapest String Quartet. "Cello Bailey" accompanies Zuill Bailey on airlines throughout his world travels.

Awadagin Pratt

Among his generation of concert artists, pianist Awadagin Pratt is acclaimed for his musical insight and intensely involving performances in recital and with symphony orchestras. For his work in the field of classical music and for becoming the first student at the Peabody Conservatory of Music to receive diplomas in three performance areas, –piano, violin and conducting, Mr. Pratt received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Johns Hopkins as well as an honorary doctorate from Illinois Wesleyan University after delivering the commencement address in 2012. Mr. Pratt is currently a Professor of Piano at the College- Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. He also served as the Artistic Director of the World Piano Competition in Cincinnati and is currently the Artistic Director of the Art of the Piano Festival at CCM.


A great favorite on college and university performing arts series and a strong advocate of music education, Awadagin Pratt participates in numerous residency and outreach activities wherever he appears; these activities may include master classes, children’s recitals, play/talk demonstrations and question/answer sessions for students of all ages.

Marcin Arendt

A native of Poland, Marcin Arendt is an active chamber musician, soloist, & teacher. He recently joined the faculty of the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music at the University of Memphis where he is a member of the Ceruti String Quartet. Marcin is part of the violin faculty at the Interlochen Arts Camp, and he plays with IRIS Orchestra under the baton of Michael Stern where he regularly holds the Isaac Stern Concertmaster Chair. He also works as the Community Involvement Coordinator for IRIS Orchestra.

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